3 last-minute homemade holiday gift ideas

Snowflake pretzel rods

Mix and match the decorated pretzels for gift bags. Recipe: Snowflake pretzel rods

(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Looking for last-minute holiday gift ideas? You still have plenty of time to get crafty with homemade gifts from the kitchen. We’ve compiled three of our favorites last-minute ideas that come together with little time or effort. These gifts would also be great project ideas for kids.

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Caramel corn

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Does it get any better than caramel corn? It’s the sort of stuff that turns even sophisticated adults into greedy kids.

Snowflake pretzel rods

Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

Crunch meets chocolate with these decorated chocolate-covered pretzel rods. They’re sweet, but not too sweet, during a holiday season likely to be drenched in colorful, sugary decorations. Kids can make them with adult supervision, and it won’t take all night.


Cherry-almond-coconut granola

Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

This granola mix makes a terrific gift, packaged in cute little gift bags or storage jars. It’s not as sweet as you might be used to -- ideal for sprinkling over vanilla ice cream or Greek yogurt.

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